Downtown Providence

downtown-providenceDowntown, also known as Downcity, is the central economic, political, and cultural district of the city of Providence, Rhode Island. It is bounded on the east by Canal Street and the Providence River, to the north by Smith Street, to the west by Interstate 95, and to the south by Henderson Street. I-95 serves as a physical barrier between the city’s commercial core and neighborhoods of Federal Hill, West End, and Upper South Providence.

Providence Children’s Museum

childrens-museumIn the mid 1970s, the Pawtucket JayCees and other community leaders began exploring the idea of opening Rhode Island’s first (and still its only) children’s museum in Pawtucket. They envisioned a lively learning center modeled on the established children’s museums in Boston and Brooklyn. Local parents, educators and business people formed a committed group of volunteers and incorporated the Children’s Museum as a non-profit organization.

Rhode Island School of Design Museum

risdRhode Island School of Design Museum is a prominent art museum in Providence, Rhode Island affiliated with the well-known Rhode Island School of Design.

The museum was founded in 1877 and is the 20th largest art museum in the United States. The Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design (The RISD Museum) contains a broad range of works from around the world, including Egypt, Asia, Africa, ancient Greece and Rome, Europe, and the Americas. It also features many notable works by a range Rhode Island artists such as 17th century Newport furniture makers Goddard and Townsend and nineteenth century Rhode Island painters, such as Anglo-American impressionist John Noble Barlow and portraitist Gilbert Stuart.

Cable Car Cinema

cable-carThere are quite a few things to love about the Cable Car Cinema — all-you-can-eat popcorn, several large cushy chairs for two, and a theatre small enough to share a more intimate movie experience. But perhaps the best reason is for its lack of Hollywood fare in favor of the sometimes weird and wonderful world of independent film.

The Governor William Sprague Mansion

governor-mansionThe Governor William Sprague Mansion is an historic mansion and museum in Cranston, Rhode Island on 1351 Cranston Street.

The house was built around 1790. The house was the birthplace of Governor William Sprague III and his nephew, Governor William Sprague IV. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.

Triggs Memorial Golf Course

triggs-memorial-golf-courseThis hilly course plays longer than the yardage indicates, and locals say that the main hazards are behind the greens. Water hazards come into play on two holes. All the fairways are lined with trees and a multiple cut of rough, and the greens are slightly sloped. “Golf Digest” rated this course as the 5th “Best Public Course” in the state for 1996. This championship course hosted the U.S. Open during the 1930s.